32,000 of 195,000 still blacked out from snowstorm

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

CMS Energy Corp. says about 32,000 of the 195,000 electricity customers blacked out by Michigan's latest winter storm remain without power.

The storm hit Sunday and Monday, dumping more than 11 inches of snow in parts of the state.

CMS's Consumers Energy unit said Wednesday night that about 9,300 of the blacked-out customers are in Hillsdale County, 9,200 in Lenawee County and 4,200 in Monroe County. The total is down 12,000 from earlier Wednesday.

Consumers Energy Vice President Rufus Gladney says ice and snow caused "significant damage" to the utility's delivery system and says that means it's taking "considerably more time to restore service."

The company says 120 crews from Indiana and Ohio have come in to help and says most customers should have power back by late Thursday evening.

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